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October 8, 1983 – Motorsports racer & entertainer Travis Pastrana is born
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October 8, 1983 – Motorsports racer & entertainer Travis Pastrana is born

You may know him from winning the first ever X Games MotoX Freestyle event in 1999? Maybe it was his multiple motorcross racing championships? Or you follow his lively rally racing career. Perhaps, you just know him as the host of Nitro Circus. One way or another, if you're a fan of things with wheels, you've probably heard of Travis Pastrana, who was born on this day in 1983. While Pastrana earned his reputation on two wheels, he's no stranger to all types of vehicles. He has participated in the Global RallyCross Championship, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Monster Jam or other series revolving around supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. Of course, he's also fond of non car related stunts. Remember when he jumped out of a plane without a parachute? Above: Pastr...
November 21, 1967 – Rally driver and gymkhana pro Ken Block is born
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November 21, 1967 – Rally driver and gymkhana pro Ken Block is born

The goal: memorize the course and get from the starting line to the finish line as quickly as possible without crashing into the objects placed in the path. That's gymkhana, in a nutshell, if you are unfamiliar with it. It's the motorsport that Ken Block, born on this day in 1967, has become world famous for. While most of us peasants would likely have to play it out between cones in a parking lot, Block is well known for tearing up the streets of major cities around the world. Ken Block. By EKSRX - Ken Block (USA), CC BY 2.0, Prior to blowing up for his skills behind the steering wheel, he co-founded DC Shoes in 1994 in light of passion for another set of four wheels. The skateboarding shoe company made Block a wealthy man, allowing him to pursue his interests in motorsports,...
October 19, 2007 – Local Motors secures $2 million in crowd sourced funds for open source car
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October 19, 2007 – Local Motors secures $2 million in crowd sourced funds for open source car

On this day in 2007 Local Motors, an American automotive design and manufacturing firm based in Phoenix, Arizona, secured $2 million from crowdfunding sources for their first project, a high-tech road and race ready rally care deemed the Rally Fighter. This operation builds only open sourced vehicles in low production numbers in microfactories that are claimed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. The first vehicle from Local Motors, the Rally Fighter, is manufactured and designed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license in 2007. This is a creative commons license, which means that the developers are giving others the option to use and build upon the vehicle without copyright infringement being threatened. The exact nature of the license and its restrictions can vary. You can purchase a ...

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